Competition at open gardens

Families can get involved in this year’s Cold Ashby Open Gardens by entering an art competition.

The organisers are encouraging children to draw or paint the church or a feature of the church and the entry will be judged by artist Lee Burrows, who lives in Upper Harlestone.

Entries should be taken to the church on Saturday, August 2 between 2pm and 6pm and judging will take place at 4pm on Sunday.

It is the 24th year of the Cold Ashby Open Gardens, which is an important event in the fundraising calendar for the small church of St Denys.

The church – thought to have the oldest bell in the country dating from 1317 – will be open on both days with bell ringing on Saturday.

There are a wide range of gardens to view and added attractions such as a book stall, tombola, bric-a-brac, the renowned preserves and cakes stall and one garden with a model railway on view. Teas will be served in the village hall daily and The Black Horse will also be open for refreshments too.

Villager and member of the church council, Debbie Sampson said: “The whole community has pulled together to offer something for everyone so whether its competitions, bells, model railways, cakes or gardens do come along and support us.”